Caucasian Helix Snail

The Caucasian Helix Snail (Helix lucorum) is also called the Garden Snail or Turkish Snail. A helix is a spiral, and lucorum is a forest or woodland.

The Caucasian Helix is an invertebrate mollusk, which means that it does not have a backbone.

It is also a gastropod. Gastropod means stomach foot.

The Caucasian Helix Snail grows to about 25-45 millimetres (1-2 inches) tall. It lays small eggs, which hatch into juvenile snails.

It eats leaves, bark, decomposing food. It is a detritus feeder. Detritus means food waste or rotting organic matter.

The Caucasian Helix is common and lives near limestone rocks in humid conditions. It does not like mountain forests, sub-alpine areas or dry lowlands.

The Caucasian Helix is found in the Caucasus, which are countries such as Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, southern Russia, northeastern Turkey, and northwestern Iran.

Caucasian Helix

Caucasian Helix

Caucasian Helix

Caucasian Helix

Caucasian Helix

Caucasian Helix

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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